Saudi farm deal Q & A

What you need to know about the Government's farm deal with a Saudi businessman.

Drenching doubts cast

Much of the work in the Wairarapa Anthelmintic Trial was done by host farmers and volunteers, who contributed labour, stock and resources on eight commercial scale properties.

Three-years of independent trials cast doubts on the effectiveness of long-acting sheep drenches.

Supreme Court halts farm sale

Dispute over farm sale continues.

Sale of Bay of Plenty farm heads to the Supreme Court.

A feel good milk factor

Manawatu dairy farmer Mark Flipp toasts his organic milk.

Less is sometimes more according to organic dairy farmer Mark Flipp.

Saudi farm deal bribery claim

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully.

Opposition MPs label a $4m payment to  a Saudi businessman a "bribe".

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opinion

Better off at Pak 'n' Save?

Dairy farmer Lyn Webster.

OPINION: A positive attitude is all very well and good but if the money ain't there, you can't last very long.

Rural communities face challenge

Our rural communities are well aware now of what the challenges the substantial reduction of income forecast for our dairy industry participants will actually mean.

Dairy industry critics need to tell both sides

Our 'magic mantle' is something to celebrate

Fieldays

A world class agribusiness event

As many as 125,000 visitors are expected to flock to the National Fieldays at Mystery Creek this year.

The countdown is on to this year's New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays.

Young farmer has big future plans

James Robertson has some big aspirations.

Six-time Timbersports World Champion, Jason Wynyard (Auckland), demonstrates his chainsaw skills at the Fieldays.

Chainsaws at the ready

Festival of Logging celebrates all things to do with chainsaws and has been a firm fixture at the Fieldays for more than 20 years.

dairy

Grim times ahead for dairy farmers

Waikato farmer Guy Kalma is just one of hundreds disappointed in Fonterra's reduced dairy payout .

It was the news every Waikato dairy farmer feared and had braced for.

Dairy farmers in anxious wait

Dairy farmers anxiously awaiting Fonterra's next season's new milk price forecast told it will be "conservative'' by ASB.

Manawatu dairy farmer Mark Flipp toasts his organic milk.

Organic milk provides a feel good factor

Less is sometimes more according to organic dairy farmer Mark Flipp.

advice

A balanced budget

Many owner operators in dairying could be facing a loss of 35 cents to $1.35 cents a kilogram of milk solids for the year ending May 2016, says Pita Alexander.

Minimising losses is just as important as maximising profits.

Being prepared provides protection

It was a grim day. Pebbles rushed to hospital as soon as she could, after hearing Freddy had suffered an accident on the farm.

John Brosnan recommends farmers adopt a zero tolerance policy for illegal drugs on their farm.

Zero tolerance against drugs

A zero tolerance policy on illegal drugs touted as a farm owner's best defence against this growing problem.

aquaculture

Uncertainty for marine farmers

A mussel farm in the Marlborough Sounds.

Forty years after it started in the Sounds, marine farming remains a source of pride and controversy.

Growing a good idea

Being a business owner isn't what most 17-year-olds are thinking about. But Georgia Lala isn't like most teenagers.

The Sanford mussel processing plant in Havelock.

Havelock Sanford's only South Island factory

Sanford's mussel plant in Havelock is the seafood company's only South Island factory following the closure of its operation in Christchurch.

beef

Valuable cattle gallstones stolen and recovered

Queensland police have uncovered allegedly stolen cattle gallstones from a property in Toowoomba.

A man has been arrested in Australia and charged with stealing cattle gallstones.

Different thinking pays off

Alternative thinking is paying off for father and son farmers who recently won NZ's "Steak of Origin" competition.

Fairmont Mint Edition is now in the LIC Hall of Fame.

'Incredi-bull' breeder into hall of fame

An elite breeding bull has been recognised as one of the best by being inducted into LIC's prestigious Hall of Fame.

Sheep

Bribery claim over Saudi farm deal

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully.

Opposition MPs are labelling a $4 million payment to a Saudi businessman a "bribe".

Sheep bring high spirits

A North Canterbury farmer arranges his sheep into roadside billboards - for laughs.

Waitomo perendale stud breeder  Philip Brandon (left) talks to farmers over the fence at his sheepyards on his farm, which was  part of  a tour stop for perendale farmers at the Perendale Sheep Society of New Zealand's annual conference held this year in the Waikato.

Perendale farmers gather for annual conference

Perendale sheep breeders gather in Waikato for the breed society's annual conference.

cropping

New grain, seed chairman wants to do his bit

Mike Porter, the new Federated Farmers grain and seed chairman for South Canterbury.

Lyalldale mixed cropping farmer Mike Porter claims he's "mildly obsessive compulsive."

Exports put shine on apple crop

Improved international markets lift apple exporters' hopes from February's doom and gloom.

Woodhaven Gardens manager John Clarke.

Vege planting postponed again

Vegetable growers in Kapiti and Horowhenua have been hit by wet weather for the second year in a row.

agribusiness

Grim times ahead for dairy farmers

Waikato farmer Guy Kalma is just one of hundreds disappointed in Fonterra's reduced dairy payout .

It was the news every Waikato dairy farmer feared and had braced for.

Supreme Court halts sale of farm

Sale of Bay of Plenty farm heads to the Supreme Court.

Graeme Dickson

Dickson and Murphy on leaderboard

Taranaki has two competitors on the leaderboard at the New Zealand Sheep Dog Trial Championships.

Discovery

Research offers pneumonia hope

A lamb shows typical signs of pneumonia. Note that it is hollow, has droopy head and ears and looks lethargic.

Northland ram breeder Gordon Levet suspects that sheep farmers have been unconsciously selecting for resistance to pneumonia.

Greenhouse gas breakthrough

NZ scientists identify animal-safe compounds that can reduce methane emissions from sheep and cattle by up to 90 per cent.

Much of the work in the Wairarapa Anthelmintic Trial was done by host farmers and volunteers, who contributed labour, stock and resources on eight commercial scale properties.

Study casts doubts on long-acting drenches

Three-years of independent trials cast doubts on the effectiveness of long-acting sheep drenches.

rural women

She's 17, and running a farm video

Louisa McClintock, 17, works fulltime on her grandfather Graham McClintock's 2500-hectare sheep and beef property Stratholme, north of Cheviot.

Louisa McClintock is just 17 but is farming a dry north Canterbury farm with her 80-year-old grandfather.

Kahlia gets the job done

A career in agribusiness management is the goal of a Lincoln University student whose reputation as a hard worker goes before her. She speaks with Kate Taylor.

DairyNZ animal husbandry extension specialist Anna Irwin demonstrates the use of a captive bolt during a Dairy Women's Network animal welfare workshop at Wreys Bush.

Farmers schooled on animal welfare

Tough new animal welfare laws are on the horizon, but Southland dairy farmers are working to ensure they’re ahead of the game.

Video

First home: 'Be willing to start small'

They're in their early 20s. She's a hairdresser, he's a builder, and they're weeks away from owning their first home.

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